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Import/Export Survey and Questions

You will find the Import Survey and Export Survey options under Advanced Options on the Edit Survey page.

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         1 Export Survey

         2 Import Survey

o    2.1 Simple .TXT Format

o    2.2 Advanced .TXT Format

  2.2.1 Here is a list of available tags for the advanced formatted file

[edit]Export Survey

Qualtrics provides a XML file (.QSF), which can be used as your own backup and imported into the system for later use.

1.  Go to Edit Survey page (make sure correct survey is selected on the "Current Survey" dropdown).

2.  Click Advanced Options.

3.  Select Export Survey...

  The browser's download dialog will appear for you to download or open the file (with Internet Explorer, you might need to click on the yellow bar at the top of the page to give it permission to download the file).

[edit]Import Survey

There are two options for importing.

1.  .QSF - The Qualtrics Survey Format is a XML file, which is generated and exported when using the Export Survey feature.

2.  .TXT - This option can be created in Word, Notepad, or any word processor or text editor that can save as a Text file (.txt). The text file supports two different types of formatting simple and advanced.

[edit]Simple .TXT Format

  Here are the basic instructions on how to set up the text file.

  A question begins with a number followed by a "."

  Choices are after the question text and a blank line

  Answers are after choices and a blank line

  Insert a page break by "[ [PageBreak] ]" (without the space between the brackets)

  Make question multiple answer by "[ [MultipleAnswer] ]" (without the space between the brackets)

Here is an example of a simple .txt formatted file.

 

 

1. This is a multiple choice question. Every question starts with a

number followed by a period. There should be a blank line between

the question text and the choices.

 

a

b

c

d

 

[[Block:My Block Name]]

 

2. This is a multiple choice multiple answer question.

[[MultipleAnswer]]

 

a

b

c

d

 

[[PageBreak]]

 

3. This is a matrix question that has longer question text.

It is a matrix question because it has two groups of choices.

The question text is on two lines.

 

ma

mb

mc

 

m1

m2

m3

 

 

4. This is a matrix multiple answer question.

[[MultipleAnswer]]

 

ma

mb

mc

 

m1

m2

m3

 

[[Block]]

 

5. What is your gender?

this is a test.

How are you?

 

Male

Female

 

 

[edit]Advanced .TXT Format

When using the advanced text format each part of the question must be explicitly defined using the "[[<tag>]]" tags. The tags begin with "[[" and end with "]]" with no spaces in-between the brackets.

  The file must begin with the [[AdvancedFormat]] tag

  A question begins with [[Question:<question type>]] tag

  <question type> can be any one of the following: MC, Matrix, TE, CS, RO, DB

  Choices start with [[Choices]] tag and are one per line afterwards

  Answers start with [[Answers]] tag and are one per line afterwards

  Make question multiple answer by [[MultipleAnswer]]

  Sets the id of the question (shown as the export tag after import) with [[ID:<question id>]]

  Insert a page break by [[PageBreak]]

  Insert a block by [[Block]] or [[Block:<block name>]] where <block name> is the name of the block.

Here is an example of an advanced .txt formatted file.

 

[[AdvancedFormat]]

 

[[Question:MC]]

[[ID:q1]]

This is a multiple choice question.

 

[[Choices]]

a

b

c

d

 

 

[[Question:MC:MultipleAnswer]]

[[ID:q2]]

This is a multiple choice question multiple answer question.

 

[[Choices]]

a

b

c

d

 

[[PageBreak]]

 

[[Question:Matrix]]

This question is a matrix question.

 

It has lots of question text on multiple lines.

 

[[Choices]]

ma

mb

mc

 

[[Answers]]

m1

m2

m3

 

 

[[Question:Matrix]]

[[MultipleAnswer]]

This question is a matrix multiple answer question.

 

It has lots of question text on multiple lines.

 

[[Choices]]

ma

mb

mc

 

[[Answers]]

m1

m2

m3